Local ICBC motion is one to watch at UBCM, says Dawson Creek Mayor

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Dawson Creek Mayor Dale Bumstead said a recent NCLGA resolution regarding ICBC fee inequities will be an interesting item to watch this fall at the Union of British Columbia Municipalities.

Dawson Creek Mayor Dale Bumstead said a recent NCLGA resolution regarding ICBC fee inequities will be an interesting item to watch this fall at the Union of British Columbia Municipalities.

Prior to politics, Bumstead had a 32-year career at ICBC, including the last 12 as regional vice president of operations and vice president of broker relations and sales. He brings a unique perspective on the subject. A Fort St. John motion regarding tariffs was combined with a similar issue raised by the communities of Smithers and Williams Lake earlier this month to FSJ at the North Central Local Government Association convention.

The motion called on the province and the government’s auto insurance company to consider a different class of rates for vehicles in the North, as well as subsidies for winter tires and the elimination of deductibles for windshields. broken.

“When it comes to the windshield franchise, there’s always been this dissatisfaction about the windshield. There have been some changes with a changing deductible amount,” says Bumstead.

Regarding ICBC’s inequities from region to region, Bumstead notes that territories are assigned based on geography.

“For example, the border lines have to be drawn somewhere – but there is a concern that someone in Telkwa is in different territory than Smithers – but are only 15km apart. other.”

“The problem today with ratings and coverage – has really changed since the legislation changed about two years ago – when they took away the ability to sue for minor injuries – and the financial situation of ICBC has changed since even five years ago.”

As for the question gaining momentum at UBCM in September in Whistler, Bumstead says it will be interesting to see.

“Local conferences bring their resolutions and we’ll see if that gets channeled and becomes a big issue, or if it’s seen as a more local issue, and needs to be addressed at that local level.”

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